Research Assistant

£32,370 - £32,370

Job Description

Dr Marisa McVey is currently seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to the post of Research Assistant. The successful candidate will work to support Dr McVey’s project on “Benchmarking Business and Human Rights in Northern Ireland”. This initiative will facilitate a comprehensive assessment of current human rights practices of NI-based businesses. Post-Brexit, NI provides an important context to examine the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), particularly with the recent publication of a specific human rights and public procurement policy for NI (PPN05/21). Consequently, there is a strong appetite for business and human rights and modern slavery guidance, particularly from businesses and government departments.

In partnership with the NI Human Rights Commission, this assessment will consist of a review of publicly available corporate information and direct consultation with business and civil society organisations, to produce the first in-depth analysis of the current implementation of human rights by NI businesses. The assessment will provide a key platform for future legislative initiatives and encourage business to effectively embed human rights into their future strategies and foundation on which to launch a specific NI toolkit on business and human rights.

The successful candidate will assist in:

  1. Preparing a literature review on business and human rights in UK and NI;

  2. Applying a benchmarking methodology to the top NI businesses; and

  3. Drafting the report on findings to be launched in February 2024.


Essential Criteria

  • Currently undertaking a PhD within the School of Law and of good academic standing.

  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to work independently and to deadlines.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to develop good working relations with colleagues.


Desirable criteria

  • Knowledge of business and human rights law


Further enquiries about the position may be directed to Dr Marisa McVey (

What you’ll get in return

The posts will require a commitment of 2-6 hours per week until February 2024 for which the post holder will receive a payment of £16.60 per hour.

This position will begin as soon as possible.

How to apply

If you are interested, please send your CV (max 2 pages) + covering /motivational statement (max 1 page) to Dr McVey ( by specifying “Application for the Research Assistant position” in the subject line.


The Queen’s University Widening Participation Unit (WPU) require Maths Mentors to provide support for a GCSE Maths attainment programme for local GCSE students. Full training for the role will be provided. Please note that the hours of the role will be dependent on school availability and timetables. Candidates should be available for approximatey 3 hours every week, on either likely a Wednesday or a Thursday morning from 9am. Exact schedule will be confirmed following appointment. 

Posts are available from January 2024 to June 2024 in the first instance, with the possibility of extension into academic year 2024/2025, subject to a continuing right to work in the UK, active registration on QWork, re-registration with the University in September 2024 and being a registered student of the University for the full duration of the post.     

Working fixed hours, up to a maximum of fifteen hours per week during term-time based on the study level (UG/PGT/PGR) of the candidate appointed.   

Maths Mentors support the work of the Widening Participation Unit in the delivery of this attainment raising programme by:   

  • Engaging with GCSE students (referred to hereafter as programme participants) involved in WPU Maths attainment programme.    

  • Supporting the learning of Maths GCSE students through co-operative learning models in the classroom (training will be provided for the purposes of this duty);    

  • Acting as a ‘role model and ambassador’ for Higher Education to programme participants providing potential students with an enthusiastic insight into life at Queen’s;   

  • Providing assistance to Widening Participation staff members through facilitating small group discussions and activities on subjects relevant to programme participants;   

  • Assisting in motivating and encouraging programme participants to engage fully in all aspects of the delivered programme;   

  • Having knowledge of the Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Groups Act (training also to be provided by Widening Participation in line with QUB code of practice and good conduct policies);  

  • Carrying out any other duties which are appropriate to the post as may be reasonably requested by the supervisor   

The requirements of these posts are that applicants must be currently registered and attending a course at Queen's University, Belfast. Students applying for this post MUST be able to evidence in writing how they meet the essential and desirable criteria outlined below.  Students who DO NOT provide evidence will not be shortlisted and the application will not be considered.  


Attained a C or above in A-Level in Maths. 


Essential Criteria:   

  • Registered students (undergraduate and postgraduate) at Queen’s University Belfast for academic year 2023– 2024; 

  • All students for whom English is not their first language must have achieved a minimum pass mark of 7.0 in the writing and speaking band of IELTS (International English Language Test Score) or equivalent. (Please note a copy of your IELTS results will be requested by email to your QUB email address following submission of your application); 

  • An understanding of the issues and barriers pupils from Widening Participation backgrounds face when considering or applying to Higher Education;   

  • Experience of working within a team;  

  • Experience of working with young people; 

  • Attained a C or above in A-Level in Maths. 

Desirable Criteria:   

  • Experience of working effectively in a supportive capacity with young people through engagement as a volunteer or as member of a social organisation;    

  • Experience in facilitating small group discussion;   

  • Knowledge of the Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Groups Act and experience of applying that knowledge.   

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The post will be to support with the administrative activities of the Register of Support Providers at Queen's located in One Elmwood.

The main focus of the post will be to support with matching disabled students with suitable Support Providers according to their background / experience / availability.

The post holder may also be required to support with other relevant duties such as answering the telephone / taking messages, responding to customer queries received through one of the project’s shared email accounts, liaising with funders etc.




The candidate will ideally have experience of:

  • Microsoft Office

  • Excel spreadsheets

  • Databases / information management systems

  • Dealing with confidential sensitive / personal data

  • QSIS